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Like A Burning Torch

Like A Burning Torch

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,     and for Jerusalem’s sake, I will not rest, until her vindication shines out like the dawn,     and her salvation like a burning torch. Is. 62:1 Early in December, President Trump announced the United States would begin the process of moving its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The decision was a significant step towards identifying Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The President called the move both the fulfilling of a campaign…

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Washing with Innocence in Conflict

Washing with Innocence in Conflict

“I wash my hands in innocence, and go around your altar, O Lord…” Psalm 26:6a A controversy arose in a congregation. It seems like such petty argument hundred years removed from occurrence. At the time, it inflamed the deepest passions of the most faithful people and divided a vibrant congregation into two warring parties. The problems began when the congregation could not agree on which seminary to support. The decision went from a conversation to a debate, from a debate to…

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The Storm is Here

The Storm is Here

“Keep a cool head. Stay alert…You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world.” 1 Peter 5:8ff  from The Message One summer, while campers played around the basketball court, a thunderstorm started brewing on the horizon. The sound of distant thunder caught my attention and I started to watch the sky to monitor its development. When flashes of lightning could be seen, we got everyone to start moving to a…

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No One Walks Alone

No One Walks Alone

Yesterday, I could not bring myself to write a reflection. Every attempt was interrupted by the residue of anger still lingering in my head from the previous day. The source of my anger was the great flood of Facebook posts criticizing people. It left my spirit as dry as a desert. How will any of us be able to endure this constant electronic bickering?  This is not a new Facebook phenomena. It has been taking place for the past 16…

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Conflict Resolution

Conflict Resolution

One of the most reliable ways to solve a fight between two children is to sit them down facing each other. Then ask one of the children to describe the events which led up to the fight. When the child reaches the first point of conflict, ask them to stop. Then have the other child respond by asking, “Do you agree with that, did things happen that way?” Let the second child speak until it gets to the second point…

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Struck Down, Not Destroyed

Struck Down, Not Destroyed

When my son was in junior high, I was asked to help coach basketball to a group of at-risk teens. The kids wanted to form a team, but needed a coach they trusted. They trusted the father who approached me, but he needed help with the basketball instruction. Outside of our team, every aspect of our life together was a source of conflict. We were white adults coaching black children. We had to earn the trust of the player’s families….

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